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Number of days writer Richard Kerr has failed to inform his Science readers of the confirmation of nanodiamonds at the YDB: 3 years, 8 months, and 6 days

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Another informative blog!?!

I came across a well-researched and informative blog today summing up the recent findings and YDB science to date. I was so impressed by Abby Tabor’s post at Science Works Now, “New Evidence for Climate-Changing Cosmic Impact,” I have added a permanent link to her on the side-bar.

Tabor it seems was driven — shudder — [...]

Finally Available in PNAS: Very High Temperature Impact Melt Products: Evidence for Cosmic Impacts \ Airbursts 12,900 years ago

These scientists have identified three contemporaneous levels more than 12,000 years ago, on two continents yielding siliceous scoria-like objects (SLO’s),” said H. Richard Lane, program director of National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the research. “SLO’s are indicative of high-energy cosmic airbursts/impacts, bolstering the contention that these events induced [...]

Very High Temp Impact Melt Products at 12.9 ka: The PNAS Abstract

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Kerr on Limb: Science writer misleads peeps in public post

Distinguished Science writer Dr. Richard Kerr walked the plank this afternoon in response to this morning’s Knight Science Journalism Tracker inquiry of science writers.

Charles Petit’s casual post brought quick attention from the old-school dean of science writing. Kerr implored his press colleagues to, in effect: Move on, move on…There is nothing to see here.

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PNAS: Very High Temperature Impact Melt Products: Evidence for Cosmic Airbursts/Impacts at Younger Dryas

Well, well. A cat just leapt from the bag.

I don’t have an “as published” copy yet (despite being a co-author). But I will post one just as soon as I do.

See here for UCSB Press Release:  Study Jointly Led by UCSB Researcher Finds New Evidence Supporting Theory of Extraterrestrial Impact 

These [...]

YDB impact researchers cite confirmations in recent PNAS paper

The PNAS paper has a helpful bibliography of recent publications supportive of the hypothesis. It’s worth a separate block quote below.

Nice how the links take you to the cites themselves at the PNAS website.

“Some independent workers have been unable to reproduce earlier YDB results for MSp, CSp, and NDs (6⇓–8), as summarized in a [...]

Beeb Radio: Boslough and Kennett discuss new evidence from Mexico

“If this were the first paper I would have taken it seriously.”

–Mark Boslough, BBC Radio, March 16, 2012

Jim Kennett and Mark Boslough discuss the new evidence from Mexico [8:20]

Tip o’ the Hat to Dennis Cox of A Catastrophe of Comets.

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The PNAS paper that kicked-off the most recent phase of the debate

PNAS 2007

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